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Join the Bug Man's hunt for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

27th February 2017

The Ministry for Primary Industries have enlisted Ruud Kleinpaste, the 'Bug Man', to raise awareness about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

Proactive Biocontrol: A presentation by Mark S. Hoddle

12th December 2016, Biosecurity

Mark S. Hoddle, from the Department of Enthomology at the University of California, discusses the perennial threat posed by invasive pests, and what to do when incursions are detected.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Identification Sheet

20th December 2016, Biosecurity

The Ministry for Primary Industries have released a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Identification Sheet.

Submission on Pea seed IHS changes

21st March 2017, Biosecurity

Myrtle Rust Information

10th May 2017, Biosecurity

Information and resources surrounding myrtle rust.

Myrtle rust is a fungal disease that affects plants in the myrtle family, including mānuka, and can also have negative effects on feijoa. It has recently been found in Kerikeri in Northland. 

BMSB Q&A

7th March 2018, Biosecurity

A quick list of frequently asked questions about BMSB.

Have your say on Samurai wasp

13th April 2018, Biosecurity

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Council has made an application to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to release the Samurai wasp in the event of a BMSB incursion in New Zealand.

BMSB is one the biggest biosecurity threats facing New Zealand, and is frequently intercepted at our borders. It has the potential to cause significant economic damage to the horticulture industry, and would become a serious nuisance to home owners.

Staying ahead of biosecurity risks

23rd September 2016

With Biosecurity the number one priority for our growers, using every tool to keep pests out of horticulture in New Zealand is essential.

Team New Zealand

27th September 2016

New Zealand survives with income from exports and tourism. Not just tourism, and not just exports; we all need to work together to keep New Zealand financially afloat. But we also need to take a wider view of what we do and take responsibility for the environment and the...

Banning palm kernel shipment the right decision

18th October 2016

Ever since the MV Molat turned up off the coast of Tauranga carrying 23,000 tonnes of unverified Malaysian palm kernel, we have been concerned about it landing, and the potential biosecurity threats that it may have brought.

Better Biosecurity for Cruise Ships

4th November 2016

One of the more tangible outcomes of the Government Industry Agreements for Biosecurity has been the Government’s focus on cruise ships. 

No more Great White Butterflies

29th November 2016

The Great White Butterfly is officially eradicated from New Zealand. What an achievement and what a story! 

Brown marmorated stink bug and fruit fly – top biosecurity threats

10th January 2017

At this time of year, our top biosecurity threats are the brown marmorated stink bug and fruit fly; this is when they are most likely to arrive in New Zealand and attempt to take up residence.

Public enemy number one: the Brown marmorated stink bug

7th March 2017

This is the time of year that the brown marmorated stink bug is hitchhiking to New Zealand in luggage, packages, containers, machinery, vehicles, medical equipment, protein powder, roof tiles, and furniture. Even Barbie dolls aren't safe; you name it, it hitchhikes in it. 

Getting ready for biosecurity incursions – we need all New Zealanders

31st March 2017

Everyone in New Zealand has a key role to play finding and reporting unwanted pests that can wreak havoc on our lifestyles and our economy.  Number one public enemy today is the brown marmorated stink bug.  If you see one, the poster below explains what to do.

Biosecurity should be top priority for new Government

13th October 2017

A biosecurity incursion can (and has) bring parts of the primary sector to a complete standstill; Psa did this to kiwifruit not too long ago. 

Research should remain at forefront of ministry re-structure

14th November 2017

The Government is set to restructure the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), creating separate Ministries of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, with horticulture coming under the umbrella of Agriculture. Biosecurity and Food Safety are also tagged as separate portfolios.

PM’s prize focuses on the value of science in horticulture

14th February 2018

The Plant & Food Research team that took on the devastating Psa-V disease and won, are the deserving recipients of the Prime Minister’s top science prize, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.

Horticulture New Zealand backs strong stance on stink bugs

16th February 2018

Horticulture New Zealand President Julian Raine says the industry is encouraged to hear Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor say he won’t let the brown marmorated stink bug anywhere near New Zealand.

Protecting New Zealand’s borders – isolation is not enough

19th February 2018

New Zealand’s isolation from the rest of the world has, until recently, protected our country from many pests and diseases. By good luck and some good management we have kept a lot of the world’s pests and diseases out of New Zealand.

Biosecurity intelligence team a good move

30th April 2018

Providing earlier warning of biosecurity risks by establishing a biosecurity intelligence team within government is a good idea, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.

Biocontrol our best defence

14th May 2018

Winter, the risk season for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), is finishing in the Northern hemisphere countries where it lives. In winter, this bug hibernates in dark and protected places such as houses, cars, machinery, and suit cases. Just go onto YouTube and you can see some horrific videos of what...